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Title:
FOLDED GARMENT DISPLAY HANGER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1999/058029
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention is a shirt hanger which creates the ability to display or inventory merchandise without the need of special wrapping. The hanger has a main body (5), and a sub-body (4) located below with various pinching and holding means which function to hold a T-shirt, polo shirt, garment or the like, and facilitate display on a merchandise bar in a folded fashion.

Inventors:
Hatakeyama, Shu (4-4-13, Ohsugi Edogawa-ku Tokyo 132, JP)
Application Number:
PCT/US1998/022242
Publication Date:
November 18, 1999
Filing Date:
October 22, 1998
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
POPPY PACK HANGER SYSTEMS, INC. (1710 Malcom Avenue #204 Los Angeles, CA, 90024, US)
Hatakeyama, Shu (4-4-13, Ohsugi Edogawa-ku Tokyo 132, JP)
International Classes:
A47F7/22; A47G25/20; A47G25/48; H04Q11/00; H04J14/02; (IPC1-7): A47G25/14; A47G25/18
Foreign References:
US4438874A
US5029739A
US5613630A
US1758932A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Kent, Evan M. (Hoffman, Wasson & Gitler P.C. Suite 522 2361 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA, 22202, US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A hanger comprising: an elongate main body having first and second ends; an elongate subbody having first and second ends; the elongated main body and the elongated subbody being connected by a midsection; a hanging means attached to the elongated main body; the elongated main body having cutouts on an upper end at the first and second ends; and the elongated subbody having first and second elongated pinching and holding means for holding garments attached at the fist and second ends of the elongate subbody.
2. The hanger as claimed in claim 1, further comprising first and second holding means attached to an underside of the elongated main body at its first and second ends.
3. The hanger as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first and second elongated pinching and holding means depend below the elongated subbody.
4. The hanger as claimed in claim 3, further comprising at least one stopper located on an underside of the elongated subbody and at least one stopper on an upper side of the elongated pinching and holding means.
5. The hanger as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first and second elongated pinching and holding means are located above the elongated subbody.
6. The hanger as claimed in claim 5, further comprising at least one stopper located on an upper side of the elongated subbody near its first and second ends and at least one stopper on an underside of the elongated pinching and holding means.
7. The hanger as claimed in claim 3 wherein the first elongate pinching and holding means is longer than the second elongate pinching and holding means.
8. The hanger as claimed in claim 5, wherein the first elongate pinching and holding means and the second elongate pinching and holding means are approximately the same length.
9. The hanger as claimed in claim 1, wherein the hanging means is detachably connected to the elongate main body.
10. The hanger as claimed in claim 2, further comprising at least one stopper placed on an underside of the elongate main body above the elongate first and second holding means.
11. The hanger as claimed in claim 1, wherein the hanging means is a hook.
12. The hanger as claimed in claim 4, wherein the at least one stopper is a raised nub or a raised semicircular bump.
13. The hanger as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first and second elongate pinching and holding means is a Ushaped pinching and holding mechanism which is connected and parallel to the elongate subbody.
14. The hanger is claimed in claim 1, wherein the hanging means is located on the upper side and in a center of the elongate main body.
15. the hanger as claimed in claim 1, wherein the hanging means can swivel or rotate in relation to the main body.
Description:
FOLDED GARMENT DISPLAY HANGER BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The invention relates to a hanger and more particularly, to a hanger for folded T-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts, pajamas, blouses and other similar garments.

The shirt hanger embodying the present invention creates the ability to display and easily inventory merchandise without the need for special garment wrapping. In addition, the unique ability to display the merchandise appeals to purchasers and results in increased merchandise sales.

In the past, T-shirts, polo shirts and other garments were displayed on the sales floor in shelving. The merchandise was merely folded and wrapped in a clear material or displayed in open form on regular shirt hangers.

The garments, which were folded and wrapped in clear plastic, were difficult to inspect by potential purchasers.

Purchasers, desiring to view the garments, removed the garments from the wrapping. Once the merchandise was removed from the original wrapping it was a difficult and time-consuming task to place the merchandise back into the original wrapping. Further, in the case of undergarments, once they are removed from the wrapping, there is a concern that the garment will become stained and no longer sellable.

The hanger method of display requires substantial floor or showroom space and when the garments are packed tight on a display arm or rack, the merchandise is difficult to view and, as a result, a decrease in sales occurs.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a shirt hanger which increases merchandise appeal and sales.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a shirt hanger which sufficiently displays merchandise appearance and saves showroom or floor space.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a shirt hanger which displays a garment in neat and folded form.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A hanger having an elongate main body and an elongate sub-body which has a pinching and holding mechanism to hold parts of a garment, such as a shirt, in a folded configuration is disclosed.

The ability to display the shirt on a hanger without wrapping promotes increased visibility of the merchandise.

Special features of a garment can be easily viewed and the garment is displayed with an effective use of floor or showroom space.

The shirt hanger has additional supporting parts to securely hold items such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts, pajamas, blouses and other garments located below a main body which has a hook. The main body is elongate and has a hanging hook located approximately in its middle, which is attached to on the upper side of the main body. Further, there is an elongate sub-body located below and attached to the main body.

At the ends of the sub-body there are U-shaped parts which function to pinch a portion of a shirt and secure same in position. The U-shaped parts can depend below or above the sub- body and have an elongate portion in parallel thereto.

Stoppers are located on the sub-body and pinching and holding mechanism facing each other and staggered to hold garments therein. The stoppers are raised and have a semi- circular or nub shape.

The hook or hanging portion of the hanger can be permanent, be removable or can fold downward or rotate, so that when the hook is not used it is out of the way.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Figure 1 is a side view of a hanger displaying a preferred embodiment of the invention; Figure 2 is a side view of a hanger displaying an alternate preferred embodiment of the invention ; Figure 3 is a side view of a hanger as depicted in Figure 2 with a shirt secured on the main body of the hanger; Figure 4 is a side view of a hanger as depicted in Figure 3 with a shirt having its left sleeve folded over and placed between the main body and sub-body of the hanger; Figure 5 is a side view of a hanger as depicted in Figure 4 with the right sleeve also folded over and behind the left sleeve and placed between the main body and the sub-body of the hanger ; Figure 6 is a side view of a hanger as depicted in Figure 5 wherein the middle portion of the shirt is folded towards the back side of the shirt and the bottom portion of the shirt is further folded and the left side is held at the left side holding mechanism; Figure 7 is a side view of a hanger as depicted in Figure 6, where the right side of the folded shirt is held on the right side holding mechanism; Figure 8 is a side view of a hanger as depicted in Figure 7 wherein a shirt is folded on a hanger hanging on a bar hook; Figure 9 is a side view of a hanger as depicted in Figure 2 where the hook is removably attached; and Figure 10 is a side view of a hanger as depicted in Figure 2 where the hook is shown as a swivel hook.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION A hanger 1, as depicted in Figure 1, has an elongated main body 2, with first and second ends, 31 and 32, respectively.

An elongated sub-body 4, with first and second ends, 33 and 34, is connected to the main body 2 by a mid-section 3. The mid- section 3 can be any desirable shape and may be composed of one or more parts. Attached to the elongated main body 2 is a hanging means 6, which is preferably a hook which can be attached to a garment hanging rod (not shown). The elongated sub-body 4 has first and second pinching and holding means, 8 and 9, which are attached to the first and second ends, 33 and 34, of the sub- body 4. Garments such as a shirt, can be held on the hanger and folded thereon for ease of display. The pinching and holding means, 8 and 9, are preferably U-shaped and connected to run parallel to the sub-body 4. To facilitate the holding or gripping of a garment on the hanger 1, at least one stopper (s) 13 is provided on the underside of the sub-body 4 and on the upper side of the elongated pinching and holding means, 8 and 9.

If desired, the upper side and lower side stopper (s) 13 can be staggered to facilitate a strong or secure gripping of a folded garment. It is also desirable for one of the elongated pinching and holding means, 9, to be longer than the other pinching and holding means, 8. There is no preference for which should be longer, and approximately equal length pinching and holding means are a contemplated alternate embodiment.

Cutouts 11, and 12, are provided on upper ends, 31 and 32, of the main body 2.

Further, the hanging means 6, may be detachably mounted to the main body 2. In addition, it is desirable to mount the hanging means 6 in the center of the main body 2. The hanging means may also swivel or rotate in relation to the main body.

The stopper (s) 13 are preferably raised nubs or semi- cylindrical bumps, but may take any desired shape or configuration.

Figure 2 discloses an alternate preferred embodiment of the invention.

The hanger 1 is provided with a main body 2 and a sub- body 4 interconnected by a mid-section 3. The main body 2 has cutouts, 11 and 12, at its ends 31 and 32 respectively. The cutouts are provided on the upper side of the main body.

On the underside of the main body 2, at a distance approximately midway from the midsection 3 to the ends 31 and 32, there are provided first and second holding means, 14 and 15.

The holding means 14 and 15 are U-shaped and run parallel to the main body. Provided on the underside of the main body and the upper side of the holding means are stoppers 16 in a preferably staggered pattern. The stoppers are preferably raised nubs or semi-circular projections, though they may take any form or shape as desired.

Also provided is the sub-body 4, which has pinching and holding means, 17 and 18, located at ends 33 and 34, respectively on its upper side. The pinching and holding means, 17 and 18, are U-shaped and have lengths running parallel to the sub-body 4. Along the upper side of the sub-body 4 and the lower side of the pinching and holding means 17 and 18, there are provided stoppers 13, preferably in a staggered configuration.

The alternate preferred embodiment may also have variations such as those to the hanging means 6, discussed in the embodiment outlined in Figure 1.

Figure 3 depicts a cutaway shirt body 80, on a hanger 1. The hanger 1 is depicted in detail in Figure 2. The shirt 80 has a collar 81, shoulder lines 84, sleeves 83 and 84, along with a cutaway body 80.

Figure 4, depicts a cutaway shirt body 80, with sleeve 83 being folded over the hanger 1. Figure 5 continues the folding process whereby sleeve 84 is folded over previously folded sleeve 83. The folded sleeves are placed under sub-body 4.

In Figure 6, the bottom 86 of shirt 80 is folded over after the shirt is folded in approximately half. The fold section 85 engages U-shaped pinching and holding means 100 and 101 of sub-body 4 and is firmly held thereon by stopper 13.

Figure 7 depicts a shirt folded on hanger 1 for display. Figure 8 displays a V-necked shirt 98 as displayed on a hanger 1, held on a display bar 200.

Figure 9 illustrates a hanger 1 as depicted in Figure 2 with a removable hook 202. The hook 202 engages a slot means 204 with a C-shaped channel 206 in a bottom of the hook 202.

Figure 10 depicts a hanger 1 as shown in Figure 2 wherein the hook 208 is seated in slot 210 and can swivel.

Various changes in structure to the described hangers and modifications in use thereof may be introduced without departing from the invention. Accordingly, it is understood that the particularly disclosed and depicted embodiments are intended in an illustrative and not limiting sense. The true spirit and scope of the invention is set forth in the following claims.